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A Soldier's Inspiration

by Andrew C McDonald about a month ago in social commentary · updated about a month ago
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A soldier's reflection on the reasons he continues to struggle on

A Soldier's Inspiration
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::::::::::::::::SOLDIER’S CHILD:::::::::::::::::

Fingers tiny, body small, petite baby girl eyes so large

Soldier’s fate encapsulated like a car on a barge

Stricken mute as a street corner mime

Nothing prepared me for so perfect a time


Helpless, crying, squalling, wrinkled and red

Scream with every fiber pointed toes to her head

Perfection percolated in matronly womb

Created by loving combination egg and sperm


From now unto death my heart in her hands

For this wailing infant shall I defend these lands

For her mother, my brother, and all that I love

Fight for their safety Hell to above


Train and fight with all that I have

Believers in Christ or idolators fatted calve

My gear well prepared, my weapon pristine

March from Afghanistan to Chapel Sistine


So long as I know my family is fine

Matters not if I drink water or wine

Slog o’er mountains and rain drenched forests

Ammo, faith and loneliness carried with sore wrists


Well-thumbed faded picture pulled from pocket

Hank of blonde baby hair kept safe in a locket

Gaze once more on beloved missed faces

Before, for them, once more I tie my laces


This soldier goes wherever he must

Following lawful orders till mankind be just

I’ll eat cold food and sleep on the ground

As long as our nation’s enemies abound


Solemn vow declared to daughter and wife

To maintain their safety via duty and strife

This I know when all’s said and done

A warrior’s life is not meant to be fun


Each day shall I pray to God up above

As I fight my battles, keep safe my love

Till one day soon my tour of duty is done

Back to loving arms this soldier shall run


Heart swelling forth from chiseled chest

Indeed twas for them I did my best

Homeward bound where heart has always been

Live out my days with family… Now unto then

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About the author

Andrew C McDonald

Andrew McDonald is a 30 year 911 dispatcher in Florida. He resides with his wife of 35+ years. Upon earning his B.S. in Applied Mathematics at Florida Institute of Technology, Mr. McDonald served as an officer in the U.S. Army 1985 to 1992.

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  • Mark Grahamabout a month ago

    There are soldiers of all kinds and ages.

  • Valentina Savageabout a month ago

    Wow! Impressive. I invite you to read my stories :) thank you

  • Brenton Fabout a month ago

    I can vividly imagine a long line of soldiers marching to the front singing this proudly...

  • Vocal Teamabout a month ago

    Very well written.

  • Thank you for sharing! 😊

  • Zach McCauleyabout a month ago

    Wonderfully written. Thank you for your service to our country!

  • Magda Thornabout a month ago

    Beautiful. Thank you for your service 💕

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